Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton flies the flag for the Commonwealth

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Stockton Council is calling on residents to help the Borough mark Commonwealth Day which takes place on Monday, 10 March.

Stockton will join more than 500 local authorities and community organisations across the United Kingdom to ‘Fly a Flag’ for the Commonwealth at the Town Hall in Stockton Town Centre.

At 9.45am the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Kathryn Nelson and Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of Durham, Colonel Mitchell will lead a special ceremony to mark the important day which celebrates the United Kingdom’s commitment to the Commonwealth, the values it stands for and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.

The celebration will begin with the reading of the Commonwealth affirmation by the Deputy Lieutenant, followed by a response from the Mayor before the newly-designed Commonwealth flag is raised on the Town Hall at 10am.

Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Kathryn Nelson, said: “Every part of the UK has an important role in promoting what it means to be part of the Commonwealth and I’m pleased that Stockton Borough has this opportunity to publically recognise that. Everyone is welcome to come down to the Town Hall and be part of this unique celebration.”

As part of the national celebrations Her Majesty The Queen will 'break' the Commonwealth Flag outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, on Commonwealth Day.

This will be the last of the 500 Commonwealth Flags raised that day throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in celebration of Commonwealth Day. It will be the largest, single raising of this flag in the history of the Commonwealth.

Nationally charity teams will also mark the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK’s four highest National Peaks, using the occasion to raise funds and profile for their worthy causes: Cancer Research UK - Scafell Pike, England; Help for Heroes - Ben Nevis, Scotland; Walking with the Wounded - Mount Snowdon, Wales; and Fields of Life - Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.